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About me

I am a fully accredited (BABCP), and experienced psychotherapist in Hythe and Folkestone, Kent. I specialise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and Schema Therapy. These are effective, evidence-based, treatments for anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, social anxiety, feeling sad, panic attacks, low self-esteem, family issues, phobias, low self-confidence, bereavement, nightmares, exam stress, trauma and addiction difficulties. 

Stress, anxiety and depression can happen to anyone at any time. Sometimes life changes mean that we are faced with challenges which we struggle to cope with; or stress and low mood can gradually build up and we suddenly realise that we are not managing so well anymore. However it happens, sometimes we need someone to talk to, to help break free from feeling stuck in our lives, to turn things around, and get back on our feet again. 

I provide a safe, confidential, non-judgemental and supportive space. I work with you to develop a shared understanding of how problems may have developed and to help you to learn alternative strategies to make life-long, positive changes that bring about recovery, and which help you live the life you want. I do not believe in a one-size fits all approach to therapy. I draw upon my experience and expertise in mental health to tailor evidence-based therapy approaches, to your personal needs and goals. I work collaboratively with you to help you make changes you want to make, to lead a fuller and enhanced life.

I have 24 years' experience in senior NHS roles and in private practice, offering compassionate care that is grounded in the evidence base. I have a proven track record of helping young people and adults develop resilience to and recover from a wide range of mild, moderate and severe difficulties.

Why CBT?
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) offers the chance to step back, to take a look at what may be causing us to feel unhappy and teaches practical skills to change. CBT is recommended by The National Institute for Clinical Excellence, (NICE), as it is proven to be effective in the treatment of anxiety, depression and trauma.

Research shows CBT and EMDR can successfully treat

  • Anxiety
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Stress and worry
  • Low self-esteem
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Social Anxiety
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Depression

What to expect
CBT involves weekly one hour sessions face to face Online or in Hythe and Shepway. The first couple of sessions will develop an understanding of the problem and how it developed. Together we'll identify some goals which will be the focus of treatment. An individually tailored plan for your treatment will be developed after the first couple of sessions.

A typical course of therapy lasts between 8 and 20 sessions, depending on the nature of the problem you are seeking help with.

If you would like to continue with the therapy after the first session we will agree a number of sessions followed by a review. We'll agree when to end therapy depending on your goals.

My aim is to help you feel confident at the end of therapy in the knowledge you can overcome difficulties using strategies learnt during therapy which help you to prevent relapse in future.

What next?

If you would like to find out more about how CBT can help, I offer a FREE initial phone consultation to discuss your difficulty and to help you decide if it is the right therapy for you.

If you would like to arrange an initial consultation, please contact me on 07791848361 or email katherine.burkinshaw@gmail.com

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a highly skilled therapist with 24 years' experience working in NHS specialist services and private practice as a senior psychotherapist and service lead. I have extensive experience of working with both adults and adolescents, providing individual and group therapy that is driven by care and compassion and which is grounded in the evidence base. My most recent NHS roles include Senior Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the survivors and bereaved of the Grenfell Tower fire, pregnant and postnatal women in mental health services and Deputy Clinical Lead and in Westminster's psychology service. Prior to this I specialised in offering therapy to adults and young people with addictions and offending behaviour.

I offer supervision to other Cognitive Behavioural Therapists and for those in training who are working towards accreditation. 

I offer Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

  • PGDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Distinction 
    I trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at one of London's leading psychology departments, Royal Holloway University of London.
  • MSc in Psychology: Distinction
    I trained at Canterbury Christchurch University.
  • Dip in Addictions: The Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), Kings College London.
  • Gestalt Therapy: University of North London.
  • EMDR Therapy: Sandi Richman
    Sandi Richman is an accredited EMDR trainer and Consultant in EMDR. She was trained by the founder of EMDR, Dr Francine Shapiro and was a Consultant Psychologist for the Traumatic Stress Clinic at the Maudsley Hospital, London.
  • Schema Therapy: Schema Therapy School. This is an attachment and compassion focused approach for supporting people with more complex difficulties.
  • Compassion focussed therapy: Professor Paul Gilbert, Dr Deborah Lee.
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, John Teasdale, based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn.
  • I maintain up to date knowledge and skills within the field by regularly attending training and supervision in line with requirements for accreditation
  • I am fully insured.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Covid-19 anxiety, health anxiety, social anxiety, fear of public speaking, generalised anxiety.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA
  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

If you are interested in finding out more about the therapy I offer and my fees, please call me on 07791848361 or visit my website at www.hythecbt.co.uk

Fees vary according to the type of treatment required and session length.


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Weekdays, and evenings.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer clinical supervision to Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists who are either in training, to those already qualified but seeking accreditation and to accredited therapists who wish to maintain their accreditation with the BABCP.

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Katherine Burkinshaw

Katherine Burkinshaw